Statistics show that around 11 cyclists die on New South Wales roads every year while an average of 1500 are admitted to hospital with serious injuries.
The increase in fines perhaps aims to share the responsibility between riders and drivers, although studies consistently show that drivers are more often the at-fault party in collisions.
As for the helmets and IDs, industry representatives claim that most cyclists already wear helmets and that even more – around 90 percent – also carry ID.
One issue that has not been addressed, however, is cyclist insurance. Unlike drivers of motor vehicles, bicycle riders are not obliged to have compulsory third party insurance to cover injuries caused to other road users.
What impact these laws might have, only time will tell, but the government has committed to revising them as necessary. In the meantime, it’s important to stay safe on the roads and to seek help from the experts if you find yourself injured while riding. Here at Stacks Goudkamp, our personal injury lawyers frequently act for cyclists who have been injured in bicycle accidents on our roads. If this has happened to you, telephone us on 1800 251 800 for a free no obligation consultation, or make an online enquiry.